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I can NOT believe this birthday has arrived. My emotions were all over the place. Then I accepted it and fell in love with the facts. There was nothing I could change so why waste the energy.
I had a good day yesterday. I received lots of birthday wishes on Facebook which made me feel special. Mom and the Hubs took me out and I was grateful. Below are some photos from my special day yesterday.
Gonna maintain with my new Breville Juicer.
Love this bohemian bracelet from Esty.
From my childhood sister/friend and Greek sister (AlphaKappaAlpha). One dollar for each year! I love her!
Lunch with mom at the Savoy.
My vegan cake from Lotus Vegan in NY.
Dinner with the Hubs at Antiquity. Love this place.
Delicious vegetable/pasta mix and some meat over there.
Not vegan but it’s cute.
This is what fifty looks like.
Here in Albuquerque the New Mexico Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission organized a parade in honor of promoting King’s dream of equality and human excellence.
Below are some photos that feature local sororities and fraternities honoring our hero. Enjoy!
All smiles with my Soror!
I had too much fun at the parade.
Last night this was much deserved after a very long day meeting and planning with my Sorors! #DeltaSigmaTheta
2015 went by fast. Here we are in 2016, and for me, it feels like yesterday when 2000 arrived.
On New Years Eve the Hubs and I decided to bring in the new year at a Speakeasy in Albuquerque. I love the dark, secretive and classy atmosphere of this Speakeasy. It’s gangsta all the way. You need a pass word to get in, they ask if you are a cop, and the bookcase opens and leads you into the lounge area where people are laughing, drinking and chatting. I love it!
2015 was our first New Years Eve out as a married couple. Our first two years married we dressed in matching lounge clothes and stayed home. Our third year my sister-in-law had an 80s themed New Years Eve party at her house. So this is our first New Years Eve going out out as a married couple.
At the Speakeasy around 9:45 we ate dinner, then we went to the party and cheered in the New Year with champagne and kisses. By 12:30 we were in the car and by 1:45 we were home half way asleep.
It was a short night but we had fun! We didn’t need much. We partied up a storm all of our adult lives on New Years Eve and didn’t feel we needed to do a lot.
Besides I was tired from cleaning the house and doing the laundry earlier that day. Yes I am superstitious and every year I bring in the new year with a clean house and no dirty clothes. I continue to follow the folk lore by cooking and eating on New Years Day; greens (for money), black eye peas (for luck) and sweet cornbread (to make the journey sweeter). I added rice and gravy just because and left over Christmas lamb for The Hubs.
Then I read all of the blessings we received in 2015. We wrote each blessing on a piece of paper and placed them in a mason jar. Now some of the blessings we put in the jar turned out to be questionable but God has a plan and we are just going to have to see it through in His time.
I am looking forward to 2016. There is so much I want to accomplish.
Healthy eating, drinking lots of water, exercising regularly, sleeping seven to eight hours nightly, a skin care regiment and taking vitamins and supplements equals beautiful skin. When these steps are incorporated into your lifestyle at an early age the long term affect will be gorgeous skin no matter what your skin looked like when you were a teen. I know. I am living proof. However, if you want to improve your skin now, it is not too late to start.
I started breaking out when I was 12-years-old. At 13 I realized my acne can be controlled, not cured, but controlled with a regular skin care routine. From then, until today, I have a daily method of caring for my skin. I changed things up a lot because my skin wouldn’t let me maintain one process but what stayed the same was a regiment. I had oily skin with pimples, white heads and black heads on my face, chest, back and shoulders! As an insecure teen I used to try to be confident but that was shot to pieces when strangers approached me and said, “You have really beautiful skin. All you need to do to clear up things is…” I know they were trying to be helpful but at the time all I noticed was that they saw my acne and I was trying so hard to act like it wasn’t there. I thought it must look really bad for a stranger to say something to me. And guess what? It did!
As an adult I realized one of the first steps of a healthy skin care routine is wearing less make-up. You want to obtain clear skin so you won’t have to need make-up. So not using make-up will help you get clear skin.
As a teen and young adult I would apply make-up over my unhealthy skin. I wasn’t fooling anyone. In fact I looked worse with a layer of foundation smeared across the bumps, dry and oily patches, and scars that the make-up couldn’t cover.
If you are experiencing something like this now do yourself a favor and ditch the make-up. When you are able to start wearing it again opt to wear less and use brands that are less toxic. It’s important to understand that your lifestyle, including your cosmetics, all affect the health of your skin. Stop using brands that possess harsh chemicals and switch to organic and cleaner cosmetics to get healthy overall.
When you have healthy, clear skin, your need or want for make-up vanishes. These days I don’t wear make-up every day like I used to. When I have a personal or professional meeting I apply a natural look that doesn’t include a lot of make-up. This is the benefit of healthy skin and this is the benefit I want you to have. It is important to be confident in your own skin than to hide behind a mask of make-up.
My favorite organic, vegan, and/or natural cosmetic and skin care lines are:
- Shea Moisture
- Juice Beauty
- Dr. Hauschka
- ZuZu Luxe
- Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC)
- Gabriel Cosmetics, Inc.
I decided to host Thanksgiving dinner this year.
I started planning in early October. First I decided I wanted to host a small group of people. Seven is more than enough to have a sit down Thanksgiving dinner. Then I selected a theme: modern, harvest, woodsy and rustic. Next I put together a menu that changed several times because my southern family wanted to eat this and that but I wanted to keep things simple with no more than five or six items. It didn’t last. I ended up adding more food to accommodate everyone. I wonder if Barefoot Contessa has this problem?
A pretty table was a must. I purchased a few home items I put off for years such as water glasses, wine glasses with stems, (the stem less glasses were used for desert,) plate chargers, holiday napkins and napkin holders that matched the chargers. To accent the table I ordered a center piece made of fresh wheat, lilies and citrus fruits. I watched cooking shows for additional inspiration. I shopped around town and on the internet for anything I needed. I received broken glasses from Amazon that I returned. I bought stuff, returned it, and bought something else. The shopping part was fun, but at the same time, I was worried I wasn’t going to find what I needed before Thanksgiving. However I was lucky. Everything was in place weeks before the big day.
The Hubs had a To Do List and to my surprise I didn’t have to remind him to complete his tasks which were mainly things to do around the house and yard.
The vegan and traditional food was delicious. I cooked the meal. My mom pitched in and prepared a couple of items and the family ate, fussed, laughed, drank and was merry! I am blessed and thankful!
I heard about the ghost tour in Old Town as soon as I moved to Albuquerque. I figured there was some type of legend of ghosts in a place called Old Town so on Halloween night we decided to experience the stories of this tourist attraction site to see if we would feel or see something interesting.
Soul sister and soul brother #1!
The Ghost Tour is about to start.
Way back in the day this tourist shop of New Mexico collectibles was a high class brothel. A new “service girl” named Scarlett was murdered here by another “service girl” because she was beautiful and popular with all of the clients. Scarlett has been seen all around Old Town naked and wearing a purple mini skirt.
Scarlett has lured several men to this door and if the men were nice or jerks she appeared in a pleasant or evil form.
A violent man murdered his good-natured girlfriend under this tree then killed himself. It is known as the “Murder Tree” in Old Town. Today the girlfriend’s kind spirit has been known to do helpful things around town just as she did when she was alive.
The Hubs with the Hatchet Lady.
After seeing her boyfriend with another woman the Hatchet Lady went crazy and chopped up the boyfriend with a hatchet. Today The Hatchet Lady is seen around Old Town haunting loving couples.
The spot where the Hatchet Lady saw her boyfriend with another woman.
The Story Teller…
I decided to take on a project and reorganize my wedding albums. I bought new photo albums, organized all of our Essence magazine articles and ordered new photos. All related items were packed in a pretty storage box that included the picture books, invite, ceremony booklet, garter belt, photographers’ selected photo book, reception gift and our wedding website and videos on disks. Tissue paper made of our wedding colors protects the items for years to come. #MarriedLife #FunProject #Memories